National Gender Policy Launched In Accra

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Nana Oye Lithur, has pledged to ensure that all bottlenecks to the empowerment of women in Ghana are removed through the appropriate legal and policy framework.

 

 

Mrs Lithur noted that even though Ghana had come a long way in its push for a gender-equal society, there still remained the need for a national policy framework that would deal comprehensively with gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls.

 

She was speaking at the launch of the National Gender Policy in Accra, yesterday.

 

The National Gender Policy is guided particularly by article 17(1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which guarantees gender equality and freedom of women and men, girls and boys from discrimination on the basis of social or economic status, among others.

 

The policy is also based on international instruments on gender equality, equity and empowerment.

 

It was launched on the theme: ‘Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment into Ghana’s Development Efforts’.

 

Mrs Lithur said the ultimate goal of the policy was to mainstream gender equality concerns into the national development processes by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of the people of Ghana, particularly women, children, the vulnerable, people with special needs, persons with disability and the marginalized.

 

She said the idea of gender equality and women’s empowerment meant reducing poverty levels, social injustices, improving health standards and enhancing efficiency of public and private sector investments for the betterment of society.

 

Her ladyship, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who launched the document, noted that gender inequality had been the bane for Africa’s development, adding, however, that successive governments Ghana had made conscious efforts to address the problem by promoting girl-child education, social development and protection.

 

Mrs Justice Wood said attaining gender equality was regarded as the attainment of human rights and a pre-requisite for sustainable development.

 

She therefore, commended the Ministry for living up to its responsibility of working for the rights of women, children, the aged and the vulnerable.

 

National Gender Policy Summary

Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)